Transformative Principal
Discover the secrets of school leadership in this weekly interview podcast with top leaders in education.

Jeremiah Newell founded Alabama’s first charter school, Accel Day and Evening Academy is Alabama’s first charter school. It serves grades 9–12 and specializes in supporting youth who are disengaged in the traditional high school, have fallen behind, or dropped out all together. I’d like to discuss how ACCEL’s model puts unique supports in place, including academic instruction targeted to the needs of youth, mental health/counseling supports, and postsecondary options to ensure opportunity youth find success.

  • 300 students in grades 9–12
  • How to manage split schedules.
  • Be very intentional about who you’re serving when.
  • regular day school and evening school.
  • Working as partners with community leaders.
  • Got graduation rate up, now how do we prep them?
  • How to hire the right people.
  • Mission alignment. We lead with being unapologetic with our mission.
  • Create the space for them to do their best work.
  • Half day Friday for students so teachers have time to get better.
  • Teachers request professional development.
  • As we recruit we allow people to meet with their future peers.
  • Family environment helps recruit folks.
  • Evening work is optional. Not allowed to work more than 2 nights per week.
  • Young Adult model in NYC.
  • Blended learning school. Teachers begin planning by identifying core standards.
  • Utilize NWEA MAP data.
  • whole group, small group, independent work.
  • Grow 2–3 years in one semester because of how we teach.
  • Instructional technology are tools to make that happen.
  • We grow because we narrow our focus. We know where the gaps are and then carefully develop a learning plan that helps individual students.
  • Intentional vertical articulation.
  • Building the planning time matters so much. Half day every Friday enables time for teams to align what they’re doing.
  • We don’t use grade levels, we use phases.
  • Helping kids still earn credits.
  • 3 phases, 5 classes per semester, 10 credits in year.
  • Additional credit recovery outside of the school day.
  • How to be a transformative principal?
    Assess the practices of the school. Think of yourself as a school designer, not a manager.
  • I do have a responsibility to ask the question, What can I do differently?

 

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


Emma Turner is the author of a new book called “Be More Toddler

  • Co head teacher in 2009.
  • 5 babies in 5 years, multiple maternity leaves.
  • Flip leadership and think about it differently.
  • Chocolate buttons - What is it that means the most to you that you are going to hold on to no matter what?
  • The Magic Weaving Business - passion, wisdom, righteous indignation
  • Finding things you think are wrong help you see what needs to be right.
  • Leadership is for the many not the few.
  • Leadership doesn’t have a uniform.
  • It was just us getting on with the work as it needed to get done.
  • You can’t just have one kind of person leading.
  • More people need to learn
  • For some people, experience brings confidence.
  • Leadership is a state of mind.
  • The greatest thing a leader can do is develop an organization that can run in their absence as well.
  • Leadership isn’t difficult - kids do it all the time.
  • Toddlers’ evidence is everywhere.
  • Toddlers lead all the time and they can’t speak or go to the bathroom.
  • Moral buy-in - doing the right thing.
  • Make your place people want to be - children have a huge emotional driver
  • Clear plan for achievement - You know what’s best for that kid.
  • If you get those three things right, everything else falls into place.
  • How to be a transformative principal? See how you can have more adventures in school.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors

Direct download: Be_More_Toddler_with_Emma_Turner_Transformative_Principal_340.mp3
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Vijay Ravindran is the creator of Floreo, an app to help kids with Autism understand social interactions.

  • Vijay’s son inspired the app.
  • Combines iPhone with VR headset
  • VR therapy.
  • help in 2 ways. 1. Opportunities to create fun characters.
  • Therapy can get patronizing and monotonous; we make it better.
  • Don’t have a lot of practice in giving kids
  • One of the fascinating things is that professionals use the scenes in ways that we haven’t predicted.
  • Student who is afraid of going outside.
  • Never seen child interact in traditional therapy.
  • Big emphasis around research.
  • Research partners Celebrate the Children, CHOP Center for Autism Research.
  • Work on eye contact with students.
  • NIH Fasttrack grant - helped fund groundbreaking research around Autism.
  • What are the barriers you face?
  • Helping families and professionals think about how you can schedule and integrate when they are already scheduled to the max.
  • VR is still not commonplace.
  • We carry the burden of being the first time adults and children experience VR.
  • Support iPad via tele therapy sessions.
  • floreotech.com for more information. Subscription plans for the software for homes and schools.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Starting with understanding the unique situations that families are in right now. Start with the customer and work backwards.
  • Knowing how much potential these kids have and knowing what’s possible if these

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms.

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.
Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves
Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


Amber Dembowski (Twitter) is a principal of two elementary buildings and founder of emBOSSed Leadership.

Mindful leadership embedded within instructional leadership.

Amber’s podcast

  • Worked in many different facets of education - from para professional to teacher to instructional coach to university to principal.
  • Bringing staff together for professional learning opportunities
  • Article

1. Focusing too much on student outcomes

2. Staying out of teachers’ way

  • 4 types of teachers: notables (top 20%), classics (40% of teachers, need development), interim amateurs (20% of teachers, not living up to potential right now because of…), sideliners (<20%).
  • Are you happy at work? Do you feel successful at work? I notice statements. Don’t let them consume your time.
  • Can work through these throughout the day and circumstances.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. 

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.

Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


Amber Dembowski (Twitter) is a principal of two elementary buildings and founder of emBOSSed Leadership.

Mindful leadership embedded within instructional leadership.

Amber’s podcast

  • Worked in many different facets of education - from para professional to teacher to instructional coach to university to principal.
  • Bringing staff together for professional learning opportunities
  • Article

1. Focusing too much on student outcomes

2. Staying out of teachers’ way

  • 4 types of teachers: notables (top 20%), classics (40% of teachers, need development), interim amateurs (20% of teachers, not living up to potential right now because of…), sideliners (<20%).
  • Are you happy at work? Do you feel successful at work? I notice statements. Don’t let them consume your time.
  • Can work through these throughout the day and circumstances.

3 Staying busy

  • Staying busy isn’t the same as being productive
  • Eisenhower matrix
  • Mindset Podcast
  • Find the things that are important
  • Schedule the things that are important. Getting into the classroom during instruction.

4 Always seeking out ways to critique

  • Are we sharing feedback to help, fix, or serve?
  • Glow and grow feedback is actually harmful.
  • Gallup found that when employees are given primarily positive feedback 98% will be given
  • 9 lies about work
  • I’m trying to bring humanity back.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Take time to recognize teachers for the talents they are bringing to the classroom.

Today’s Transformative Principal sponsor, John Catt Educational, amplifies world-class voices on timeless topics, with a list of authors recognized globally for their fresh perspectives and proven strategies to drive success in modern schools and classrooms. 

John Catt’s mission is to support high-quality teaching and learning by ensuring every educator has access to professional development materials that are research-based, practical, and focused on the key topics proven essential in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.

Learn more about professional development publications that are easy to implement for your entire faculty, and are both quickly digestible and rigorous, by visiting https://us.johncattbookshop.com/.

Learn more about some of the newest titles:

John Catt is also proud publisher of the new book from Transformative Principal host Jethro Jones: SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves

Visit this page to learn more about bulk orders and how to bring John Catt’s research-based materials to your school: https://us.johncattbookshop.com/pages/agents-and-distributors


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